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Gender: Female Meaning of Selma: "godly helmet" Origin of Selma: German

The name Selma is a girl's name of German origin meaning "godly helmet". Selma and is often added to lists like Beautiful Bohemian Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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After decades of playing mah-jongg with her buddies Bernice and Myrna, Selma has been given a somewhat more youthful spin via actresses Selma Blair and Salma Hayek. Popular in the early 19th century, it is still #34 in both Sweden and Norway. Selma won a Nobel Prize via Swedish author Selma Lagerlof, the first woman to win for literature.

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Stephen Malkmus Says:


I don't think of black culture lol, I think of Selma Blair

Guest Says:


I don't usually go for old names but this is a nice black history name. And the movie Selma is coming out soon which will naturally get a lot of Oscar buzz.